Best Bars And Cafes For Freelancers in London
Being a freelancer in London can often feel like an uphill slog. Finding structure can be difficult without the rigour of office hours, and finding a spot with a healthy WiFi speed can be impossible at times. We've collected the best bar and cafes for freelancers in London so you can get your work done in stylish surrounds.
Last updated on 20th April 2018
The Elgin in North London is a dream pub for freelancers. Opening at 7.30am, it’s the perfect place to pitch up early for a coffee and pretend to work through until it reaches a socially acceptable hour to have a beer.
Cool, calm and effortlessly stylish, Fence is the cafe of choice for the sophisticated out of office worker. It's an oasis of calm in busy Farringdon, with a large beer garden perfect for working in warmer weather.
Colourful surroundings, pizza served by the metre and bottomless coffee for £2.50. Shoreditch's Dream Bags Jaguar Shoes is fast becoming the go-to cafe and bar for young freelancers in London.
Despite being a popular club during night-time hours, Shoreditch Platform is a placid, peaceful café during the day. Open from 8am on weekdays, its spacious interiors make it a great café for freelancers looking for a chilled place to work in London.
If you're someone who finds themselves easily distracted, the People's Park Tavern is a great London pub to freelance from. With a bustling main bar downstairs, quieter upstairs bar and huge beer garden, you never have to go far for a change of scenery. And if you hit a wall completely then you can blow off steam with a couple of rounds of crazy golf in the garden, or enjoy a walk round neighbouring Victoria Park to refocus the mind.
Opening late-morning Tuesday-Sunday, The Exhibit in Balham is an all-day food and drink "youth club for adults" - or more like a homework club for the London freelancer. Reasonably priced, with relaxed, friendly staff and a spacious, open-plan seating area, it's an ideal cafe-restaurant for freelancers.
It’s easy to spend a whole day and night at the Mint Gun Club, with loose-leafed teas to drink, afternoon tea and brunch, and a general relaxed vibe. Though if you want to take things up another level, they also have a variety of tropical cocktails to really whisk you away.
Tucked in between Euston and King's Cross, The Somers Town Coffee House is a cosy, relaxed pub for London freelancers. Just moments away from the British Library, the venue offers free wifi, breakfast from 8am and a selection of beers and great food to motivate and reward yourself with.
Abuelo is an Australian meets South American coffee-house that’s perfect to work in. Sat in the heart of Covent Garden, you can expect breakfast through till dinner, with delicious, organic Australia food with a South American twist, and all the best specialty coffee you need.
Ask For Janice in Farringdon is a favourite cafe for freelancers in London. Open from 7:30am on weekdays, it offers tea, coffee, breakfast, lunch and dinner, free wifi and interesting wall art from well-known names like Damien Hirst and Kid Acne.
Down in South London, wedged between Battersea and Clapham, Out of Office is one of the standout bars for freelance workers. Part hot-desk hub, part micro-pub, it offers an office environment for freelancers from 8.30am to 6pm every Monday to Friday along with regular training and skills-building workshops and events.
Insatiably Instagram-able, this bar and restaurant just moments from Sloane Square is the perfect backdrop for your #workinghardorhardlyworking selfie. With food and drinks served all day, its the cafe for freelancers looking for a bit of luxury with their labour.
Of all the bars and cafes for freelancers in London, The Book Club in Shoreditch is a particular treat. Beautiful, comfortable and with obligatory coffee and free wifi, when you're done with work for the day you can hang around to experience a taste of their eclectic events programme.
From its amazing coffee through to the punchy cocktails and cool decor, Black Sheep Coffee and Cocktails is a cool, all-day cafe that is great for getting a bit of work done in Shoreditch.